Great start to a career

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Amhersts Michael Archibald qualifies for his CPGA pro card on first attempt

Michael Archibald's success as an athlete has grown another notch.

Great start to a career

AMHERST - Michael Archibald's success as an athlete has grown another notch.

The 20-year-old Amherst native was a successful hockey player with the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association's provincial teams, capping his career with a provincial championship with the D.W. Thompson/Scotsburn Dairy Midget Minor AAA Bombers.

In the off-season, he played golf and the last few years, played great golf.

He worked hard at his game and this culminated last week when he carded consecutive rounds of 73 at the Moncton Golf and Country Club and qualified for his Canadian Professional Golf Association professional card in the process.

"This really hasn't started to sink in yet,'' Archibald said.

"But it feels good though, especially getting it on my first try. I've known other guys who have tried many times unsuccessfully and to do it now is great,'' he added.

He said over his career he hasn't been the best tournament player and he knew to be successful he had to get off to a good start.

That he did.

He stepped up to the first tee on the 300-yard, uphill first hole of the Moncton club, struck a solid four iron, hit a great wedge shot and made the putt for birdie.

Moreover, as they say, the rest is history. He followed up with a second birdie and finished both days at two-over par for a 146 score, nine shots under the required 155 set by the CPGA to earn a professional card.

Archibald, entering his third and final year in the Golf Academy at Holland College, will focus on the professional golf management component of his studies this winter and will proceed with gaining his Level I and II teaching designations.

"This will allow me to be more flexible in what I do,'' he said.

In addition, according to Archibald, the lone golfer in his family, even his parents are starting to follow golf more, now that they see he has a chance to make a career of the game.

"They are starting to get the concept. All they want me to do is do well at it and have a good career."

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Professional Golf Association, Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association D.W. Thompson/Scotsburn Dairy Midget Minor AAA Bombers Moncton Golf and Country Club Golf Academy

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton

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